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Manchester Airport urges passengers to lobby UK government over aviation tax



Manchester Airport has launched a campaign to lobby the government to lower the UK's Air Passenger Duty (ADP) and has found an innovative way to enlist the general public’s support.



By Oliver Clark

Manchester Airport has launched a campaign to lobby the government to lower the UK's Air Passenger Duty (ADP) and has found an innovative way to enlist the general public’s support.

As part of its 'Give us a Break' campaign, the airport has placed postboxes at Terminals 1 and 2 for passengers to sign and send postcards addressed to George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer that read “I’d like to see lower taxes for airports like Manchester.”

The airport wants to influence the government ahead of the close of its consultation to reform the ADP’s banding system and structure on June 17.

Mike Carrivick, chief executive of BAR UK, an airline lobby group opposed to ADP said “This proposal sounds great and highlights to the public just how much the government is adding to the cost of holidays and travel. We welcome such initiative.”

Manchester is also enlisted followers on Twitter to join the campaign.



Jonathan Bailey, external affairs director for the Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “This is the last chance for passengers to have their say on the proposed changes that could seriously affect their future holidays and business trips.

"Many UK travellers are unaware that they pay the highest levels of flight tax in Europe but they have an opportunity to have their say and make their voice heard to Government.”

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